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Sunday, October 11, 2009
little clues from big government
The Glasgow Airport rail link has been abandoned even though preliminary work was already being done. This is sending a very clear message - either the UK government or the Scottish government (or more likely both) accept that air travel is a doomed form of transport and the clear misallocation of resources that a new airport rail link would clearly be is sending the wrong signal. Of course they can't simply state the facts but rather hide behind the world economic crisis and/or climate change.
But every day we are seeing more and more little clues from big government as to what is really happening. The whole process started years ago when the Channel Tunnel was opened as exclusively a rail link. The abadonment of Concorde was the first step in the abandonment of civilian air travel. The switch of resources in the UK from road to rail is striking. That open door is getting wider every day.
Even just a few years ago there were some people who SERIOUSLY believed that the S&D would not reopen. They were living in a dream world of never-ending cheap oil, of benign government and a self regulating atmosphere that could take every punishment we threw at it with no payback. How far off those days seem now!